You may be considering abortion but have many reservations at the same time. There are side effects to both medical and surgical abortion.
Though every woman’s experience with abortion is different, abortion can be described as painful to some and tolerable to others. It also depends on what type of abortion procedure you receive.
While it’s impossible to know what abortion will feel like for you, the process is compared to intense menstrual cramps, contractions, and discomfort. An abortion procedure could be painful depending on some unique factors, including:
Your health (and any underlying medical conditions)
How far along the pregnancy is
Your pain tolerance
Emotions and stress level
Here is how each type of abortions works and what to expect after both a medical and surgical abortion.
Medical abortion is a two-step process, using mifepristone and misoprostol to block the pregnancy hormone and cause uterine contractions to expel the pregnancy out of the vagina.
This process can take 4-5 hours and can be painful, especially for women with a history of painful and heavy menstrual cycles. Other side effects of this abortion procedure could include:
Surgical abortion is a bit more invasive as it’s done later in pregnancy. If the pregnancy is more than 15 weeks along, your healthcare professional will use a combination of suction, curettage, and extraction with forceps to completely remove the contents of the uterus.
Normally women feel uterine cramping and experience bleeding right away. This may continue for several weeks. Other potential side effects include:
If you still have questions about the process of abortion, and want to learn more, talk to our compassionate team today.
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